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back under way. and in the meantime what a day it has been. she was on the phone with trayvon martin in the final moments of his life and now she is back on the witness stand today facing a very tough cross-examination, especially for a teenager. all of this after recounting her friend's deadly fight with george zimmerman. two major stories developing. in africa, this hour, president obama taking the world stage as the man who inspired his political career, nelson mandela, clings to life. and michael jackson's 16-year-old son testifies his father often cried and said, quote, they're going to kill me. all of that right before he died. find out just who they are and if they are in trouble because of it. up until just yesterday, be she was a 19-year-old student in 12th grade, largely anonymous to just about everybody. but in one day rachel jeantel has spent more time on television than the president of the united states and she is back on tv today. because she is back on the witness stand today. in the george zimmerman murder trial. she is the state's star witness because she is
including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her, if you said that her son described the man that was following him in a car on the phone -- >> i didn't think. >> was a creepy ass cracker. >> i did not think that was important. >> not important enough to put in the letter. >> no. >> and not important enough to tell her. >> no. >> reporter: she said martin sounded tired on the phone like he was running but she said he was whispering because the teen was waiting to ambush zimmerman, something she denied. >> he got close to trayvon, yes, sir. >> and you don't know whether the man was approaching trayvon at that point and getting closer or whether trayvon was approaching the man and getting closer? >> trayvon would have told me he'll call me back, sir, if he was going to approach him, sir. >> so you're assuming that trayvon didn'
their words in. turning it into trayvon martin was profiled. we turn to the latest on that and the other key developments. this captivating testimony, what stood out to you? >> there were a number of thi s things. this is a young lady going up against don west. they were going toe-to-toe. west was able to question the credibility of some of the statements she made implying she said certain things in testimony. she was saying something different when she got on the witness stand. sometimes it was the words she attributed to george zimmerman. sometimes she left out the racial remarks. it went back and forth like that. other times, it was less about the testimony and more about a test of wills. take a listen. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit -- >> you don't know that, do you? >> no, sir. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. you don't know that trayvon didn't, at that moment, take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> the no, sir could be interpreted as she didn't know that, but deny
of trayvon martin, a jury in a criminal trial finally heard evidence about what happened on that rainy night in sanford, florida. it was a dramatic and emotional day in court. the jury heard testimony from four eyewitnesses. four witnesses, ending just moments ago. they were not eyewitnesses. let me correct myself. they were witnesses. the day started with an opening statement from prosecutor john guy that caught many by surprise. he quoted george zimmerman's own words, including profanity during a call to police the night of trayvon martin's death. he quoted zimmerman to lay out the prosecution's case. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> [ bleep ] punks. these [ bleep ], they always get away. those were the words in that grown man's mouth as he followed in the dark a 17-year-old boy who he didn't know. and excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine. [ bleep ] punks. these [ bleep ], they always get away. those were the words in that defendant's head just moments before he pressed that pistol into trayvon martin's chest and pulled the trigger. and then as the smoke and the smell
advice he's giving deen. >>> a second straight day of cross examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. the big developments from martin salve individual. >> reporter: wound two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in pref juvious accou including a letter to trayvon's mom describing what she heard and left out the derogatory language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her,
-examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. today, there appeared to be changes. more on the attitude adjustment and all the other big developments tonight from martin savidge. >> reporter: round two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in previous accounts including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you did
to you do, ma'am, is pick up at the point where we left off before the break, and that was when trayvon martin began to run, and the phone disconnected. okay. >> yes, sir. >> you knew that he was running at that point because you could hear wind? >> yes, mr. west. yes, mr. west. >> so, not only had you told him to run, but you believed that he was running? >> yes, sir. >> and that's when the phone cut off? >> yes, mr. west. >> and then about 20 seconds later you reconnected and you were able to talk with him? >> yes, mr. west. >> and you don't know where he was exactly at that point, correct? >> he had told me he's in the back of his father's/fiancee's house. >> what ubld at that point is that when the call reconnected about 20 seconds later he was already at the back of where -- >> by his father's/fiancee's house. >> by the back of the father's/fiancee's house. >> yes. >> that's where he was staying? >> yes, sir. >> and -- while you didn't know where that was, your sense of it, your belief was that he was close to home? >> yes, sir. >> so, after he reconnected that's where he said he w
of george zimmerman. the young woman trayvon martin was speaking with on the phone moments before he was killed. joining us now, msnbc legal analyst lisa bloom. you've been listening to rachel testify. has she proven to be a credible witness so far, or has the admitted lie that she was not actually at the funeral and the reasons why she was not at the funeral undone her somewhat? >> she's certainly credible so far, but it's only been her direct examination. the proof will come in the cross-examination. she tells a story very different from george zimmerman's story. that's why she's on the stand. she says she's on the phone with trayvon martin in those final moments before his confrontation with george zimmerman. she said george zimmerman -- i'm sorry, that trayvon martin used a couple racial epithets in reference to george zimmerman. this is the first time i've ever heard that. she said trayvon martin said he was being followed, that he was concerned about it. she heard the phone dropping. she heard the sound of wet grass. the last thing she heard from trayvon martin was, get off, ge
to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was raining blows on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et, martin a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> okay. how about the color of clothing on the bottom. >> i believe it was white or red color. >> reporter: that's not all good says she saw. he witnessed physical blows being thrown and mix the marshall arts. >> what you saw was the person on top in an mma style straddle position, correct? >> correct. >> that was further described, was it not, as being ground and pound? >> correct. >> reporter: good also testified about one more key question, that voice screaming for help in the darkness he believes belonged to zimmerman. >> the voice screaming for help however many times that you heard it, it was just one person's joyce? >> when i heard it outside? i believe it was just one person's voice, yes. >> and
, testify in the george zimmerman trial. she was actually on the phone with trayvon martin when he was shot. when she takes the stand, we'll bring it to you live. we'll also discuss what's already happened today in court. >>> and this -- >> i would never, never, and i can truthfully say in my life, i have never with any intention hurt anybody on purpose and i never would. >> was it a help or hurt moment? paula deen gives her first live interview since admitting to using racial slurs. hear more of the interview as another company drops did her. >>> and you can join our conversation on twitter. you can find us @tamronhall and @newsnation. we'll be right back. here was a l to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin dedicated to your eyes, from bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite is uniquely formulated to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health. and now there
attributed to george zimmerman. sometimes she left out the racial remarks that trayvon martin made of zimmerman. it went back and forth like that. and other times it seemed like it became less about the testimony and more about a test of wills. take a listen. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise, like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. >> you don't know that, do you? >> no. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. >> he -- >> you don't know that trayvon at that moment take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> reporter: the no sir could be interpreted is that she's denying what don west is saying. it went back and forth. >> her testimony today, there were a lot of questions and clarifying about race. how did that play out? >> reporter: well, you know, race, of course, has been a key factor in this story ever since the beginning. in fact, many say that's what took it from a local tragedy and propelled it to a national debate. but today what don west was trying to say is look, it's been george zimmerman that's been por
that you heard trayvon martin say "a little, get off, get off"? >> yes, sir. >> is that correct did you say that? >> yes, sir. >> in the meeting that you had, the conversation that you had with miss fulton on march 19th, before you did the interview later, and in the written statement that you prepared for miss fulton, a personal statement, in neither of those instances did you say that you heard trayvon martin say as you said later," a little get off get off," correct? >> yes, sir. >> that's because you didn't think it was that important at that point? >> crump asked me about when the fight started in the grass, he didn't ask me about that. he asked me about that. >> so, when you decided what part of what you knew to tell miss fulton, you decided not to tell her that part? >> your honor, objection. >> i'm not sure that was her answer so you need to reask the question. i believe she said they never asked her that. >> all right. i'm asking about this witness's thinking. so when you decided what part of the information that you had about the events on the evening of february 26th, you decided
it in the voice of every 911 caller in the final moments of trayvon martin's young life. >> a person is dead laying on the ground. oh, my god. >> february 26, 2012. 17-year-old trayvon martin buys some skittles and ice tea, walks through a community of town homes where he is staying with his father. that's where he catches the attention of neighborhood watch volunteer, george zimmerman. >> these [bleep], they always get away. >> he was watching trayvon martin walking alone. >> this guy looks like he is up to no good or he's on drugs or something. >> less than a minute later, he gets out of his car. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> then a few minutes later, there's another call. >> 911, do you need police, fire, medical? >> maybe both, i'm not sure, there's someone screaming outside. >> in the background, listen for the sound of a fight and panicked voice yelling for help. >> is it a male or female? >> sounds like a male. >> you don't know why? >> i don't know why, i think they're yelling help but i don't know. just send someone quick, plea
is rachel, she lied about why she did not attend trayvon martin's funeral. she made up a story about having to be at the hospital that day, and then it was later revealed that in fact she was never at the hospital. the defense attorney either don west or mark o'mara on behalf of george zimmerman are going to hammer her hard on why she made this up. of course they will try to persuade the jury that, well, if she made up this about not attending trayvon martin her good friend's funeral, how can you believe these other aspects? taking a listen to another sound byte from the prosecutor successfully getting this witness, the star witness, to really establish that trayvon martin was being pursued by george zimmerman. take a listen. >> i asked him where he at. he told me he at the back of his dad fiancee house, the area where his daddy fiancee house, by his daddy fiancee house. i said, oh you better keep running. he said, na, he lost them. >> certainly not the most effective witness as far as cool, calm and collected on the stand. hof, she did -- however, she did deliver making the points that the
a scuffle with trayvon martin. >> i see the person right now. i see him walking. there's a man coming out. he's come out with a flashlight. oh, my god. i don't know what he did to this person. >> i'm brooke baldwin. special cnn live coverage starts special cnn live coverage starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> here we go on this wednesday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin. good to be with you. we begin with voices in the night. two figures wrestling in the rain. one voice dominant, agitated, male. the other voice softer, answering the first, crying out. then suddenly this pop, pop, pop. the killing of trayvon martin as described by a woman who saw it from the vantage point of a second story bedroom window. take a look at this. in the very same townhome complex where george zimmerman lived and overlooking the courtyard where trayvon martin died. today that neighbor became the very first person to tell the six female jurors what she witnessed on that rainy night. james sadirka is an unemployed recreation therapist and former middle schoolteacher. she says she heard voices
. as trayvon was waiting for the rain to slow down from the mailing area. that's what i said. >> at what point then, if any, in this conversation did you pay particular attention -- >> when i had called back. >> when he was sort of whispering in the low voice after he said he lost the man? >> after he finished one. >> were you still working on your hair or you had stopped? >> no, sir. >> were you paying particular attention at this point? >> yes, sir. >> so you were -- were you on hand set or bluetooth? >> bluetooth. >> were you doing anything else other than listening intently to what was being said? >> yes, sir. >> what were you doing? >> trying to listen what's going on and trying to listen trayvon because i had my bluetooth on. >> were you at home? >> yes, sir. >> were you doing anything else? >> i was in the bathroom. >> was the water running? >> no, sir. >> why not? >> why do i need the water running? i was doing my hair. i don't need no water on. i put iron down, i put the hair iron down, after i called trayvon back. he answered. he told me ran from the back. >> so at that point you wer
's lead, the grueling cross-examination of trayvon martin's friend. day 14 in george zimmerman's murder trial, the defense finally wrapped up its questioning of rachel jeantel, the 19-year-old who was on the phone with trayvon martin moments before he was killed. this cross-examination lasted five hours over two days. also today, testimony from the neighbor who made the 911 call, where loud screaming can be heard, and then a gunshot. jurors heard her account of that scream. and today another witness testified she saw george zimmerman on top of trayvon martin after the altercation. she is the third witness to say so. but for most of the day, rachel jeantel faced questions from the zimmerman defense team. and they tried to undermine her story. the defense repeatedly raised questions about her version of events, but she did not waiver from her testimony that trayvon martin did not confront george zimmerman. >> he said why are you following me for, didn't he? >> no, sir, not that kind of way, sir. >> it was just a question, hey, mister, why are you following me for? >> he say hey, mister, w
that person's name to be trayvon martin? >> that's correct. >> and did you go over to trayvon martin's location? >> i walked towards it, yes. >> and how was trayvon martin's body positioned when you arrived? >> face down, his hands were underneath the body. >> and to your knowledge, were you the first officer to approach trayvon martin? >> yes. >> all right. did you know whether or not he was dead or alive at that point? >> i did not. >> did you know what his involvement was at that point? >> i did not. >> did you give him any commands, trayvon martin? >> yes, i did. >> what commands did you give him? >> i asked to see his hands. >> and where were his hands when you asked to see them? >> underneath him. >> he was lying on his stomach? >> correct. >> did trayvon martin respond physically in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did trayvon martin respond verbally in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did you hear any sounds from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did other sanford police
said. >> yes, sir. >> what were you doing? >> listening to what's going on and saying trayvon because i had my bluetooth on. >> you were still at home. >> yes, sir. >> doing anything else? >> i was in the bathroom. >> was the water running? >> no, sir. >> why do i need the water on. >> i am just asking. >> i am trying to fix my hair. i don't need the water on. i put the hairy iron down after i called back and he answered and he told me he ran from the back. >> at that point you were still in the bathroom. >> yes, sir. >> any background noise at all? >> no, sir. >> you had stopped fixing your hair and you were listening only to the phone call? >> yes, sir. i had called him back. >> right. that's when he had stopped running and that he was speaking in this lower, more like whispering voice? correct? >> no, sir. i told you, he sounded tired. i had told him to keep running. he said he would just walk faster and i said okay because it is sounded to me like he was tired. his voice had changed, sir. >> so the way this was after he had lost the man. >> yes, he ran from the back. >> and he was t
. trayvon martin's friend takes the stand for the second day. the teenage girl who has a unique way of making sir sound like an insult. >> he did not tell me that, sir, he just told me he trying to get home, sir, but the man was still following -- following him, sir. >> and the last moment of trayvon martin's life captured on a chilling 911 call. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> there is gunshots. >>> we'll break down today's testimony and more on the woman everyone has been watching and talking about. >> yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. >>> who is rachel jeantel? also, one of the 27 nfl players charged with a crime since the super bowl. >> despite the fact he has a fiancee and a baby and is a homeowner, he also has a means to flee and a bracelet won't stop him and not the $250,000. denying the bail. >> does the nfl have an image problem, or will the fans forgive as they normally do? >>> i want to begin with the teenage girl, rachel jeantel took the stand today for a second day and face add heated cross-examination from the defense. >> if you thought it w
at the scene was trayvon martin's. one of the voices was his girlfriend who he was talking to right before he was killed. >>> and in washington today, history was once again written by the supreme court of the united states. >> an historic morning at the supreme court. >> the supreme court has just struck down the federal defense of marriage act. >>> california's ban, on recognizing same-sex marriage is dead. >> now, once again legal in the state of california. >> i feel jubilation, i feel fabulous. >> celebrations from the steps of the supreme court. has there been a bigger day for gay rights? >> a confrontation between gays and police at a bar called the stonewall inn. >> there is a law that says gay people can't be married. >> there is a law. >> every right to live a perverted life-style. >> president clinton has signed the bill that bans the government from recognizing same-sex marriages. >> victory for two who challenged the law that made sexual contact illegal between members of the same sex. >> our journey is not completed until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like everybody e
happened during and immediately after trayvon martin's deadly encounter with george zimmerman. one neighbor saw their struggle up close and provided testimony. was zimmerman or martin the aggressor. i'll speak with trayvon martin's stepmother. she says she lost a child she raised, the young man she calls not just a stepson but a son. >> i'm the one that took him to the football games. i'm the one that was there when he was sick. >> we'll hear more from her shortly. first, martin savidge. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: good lives in the subdivision where the shooting took place. he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et. market, a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top what did y
-wrenching testimony in the george zimmerman trial. the cop who tried to save trayvon martin's life takes the stand. >>> plus, mr. zimmerman's past calls to police about suspicious characters. what do they say about his frame of mind? and will the jury be allowed to hear them? and remember, i want to hear from you. send me your e-mails. reply al is coming. stay with us. i want to make things more secure. [ whirring ] [ dog barks ] i want to treat more dogs. ♪ our business needs more cases. [ male announcer ] where do you want to take your business? i need help selling art. [ male announcer ] from broadband to web hosting to mobile apps, small business solutions from at&t have the security you need to get you there. call us. we can show you how at&t solutions can help you do what you do... even better. ♪ >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? you'll be glad you did. today our audience was talking about all sorts of topics, from the supreme court ruling to the zimmerman trial. in fact, thousands of you watched the zimmerman hearings live today via our facebook page
now! i was calling, trayvon, trayvon. i hear him saying, get off, get off. >> let me stop you. what did you say? >> i was saying, trayvon, trayvon. >> what did you hear? >> i kind of heard it saying, get off, get off. >> trayvon martin's friend testifies about the last time she heard his voice, just moments before the 17-year-old unarmed teenager was shot dead by george zimmerman. we will get the latest on the zimmerman trial. then the senate passes an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. it creates up at the citizenship for millions while adding unprecedented new border security measures. >> some of the legal, it is unprecedented, the decision that was taken by democrats and republicans this week to militarize the border. this is not the reform we asked for. >> the obama's arrive in south remainss nelson mandela in critical condition. yesterday they visited goree island. all of that and more coming up. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the senate has approved the long-awaited immigration reform bill that creates a path to cit
-old trayvon martin as he walked home from a 7-eleven. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body as you approached him? >> no, sir, i did not. >> reporter: pictures of trayvon martin and the infamous hoodie that he was wearing were shown in court today, it was almost too much for his mother. george zimmerman, who has been staying in hiding, gained over 100 pounds. the 29-year-old became a divisive symbol of racism. it all started when martin was walking in a gated community where his father was staying, having purchased a drink and skittles. it was there that he captured the attention of george zimmerman, neighborhood watchman, who called police. >> this guy looks like he is up to no good, it is raining, he is just out walking about. >> reporter: one of the most important questions in the case is what happened after the operator said this? >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> reporter: did zimmerman continue to follow him, or did he just give the address? >> i didn't see a street sign here, but i knew if i went straight through, that is the
and trayvon martin were old friends, and contrary to reports, they were only friends. >> you weren't in any way his girlfriend? >> no. >> reporter: the two reconnected just weeks before trayvon martin's death. on the night he died from the other end of the phone line, she was, in a sense, within earshot of the tragedy as it unfolded. that's why she's the state's star witness, the only one they think who can tell trayvon's side of the story. >> what was he complaining about? >> that a man kept watching him. >> reporter: it was clear from the start she does not relish her new found fame, mumbling her answers. the court reporter had to keep stopping for clarification, and the defense complained repeatedly. >> give your answers as slowly and clearly and as loudly as you can. >> reporter: she painted a picture of a teenager feeling threatened, and on the run from a strange man. >> i asked him how the man looked like. he looked like a creepy ass cracker. >> let me make sure we got that. creepy -- >> ass cracker. >> yeah. is that what you recall him saying? >> yes. >> does that to you mean like a
was the last person to talk to trayvon martin. and 30 counts, including 17 that could result in the death penalty. the surviving suspect in the boston bombing indicted today by a federal jury. and the senate is on the verge of finally passing a bill to overhaul immigration laws. what are the odds it will get through the house and actually become the law of the land? >>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we begin with the national lead and things that touch on thorny events, racial events. in the trial of george zimmerman, all eyes were again on the prosecution's star witness, who spent more than five hours on the stand today. rachel jeantel says she was on the phone with trayvon martin just as his famed fight with zimmerman began. her testimony is critical for the state and the defense. the defense questioned her on claims she heard trayvon yell, "get off, get off" and he got her to back off claims that she heard martin get hit. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. trayvon got hit. >> you
that are not flattering to trayvon martin. he used despairing language when she spoke of george zimmerman. i think when you take all the testimony into context, that just helps the prosecution because if this jury, carol, believes what she is saying. they will believe that george zimmerman was the initial aggressor. under the law, that means self-defense isn't really a available to him. i think that's why this witness is so very crucial to the prosecution. >> page, as a defense attorney, we've seen that rachel is bei combative. as a defense attorney, what special challenges does that present? >> it does present challenges. you don't want to beat up a witness who is essentially a 19-year-old girl. i expect the jury will come in there already bias towards trayvon. she's a friend towards vavon. what you do as a defense lawyer, don't keep her up there for another two or three hours. hit the key points and show that she's bias and show she has been consistent in her earlier testimony and evidence. >> there are inconsistencies in her story, though, paige. number one, she lied about her age to trayvon martin'
>>> trayvon martin's stepmother, the young man she calls not a stepson but a son. >> i'm the one that went to the football games. i'm the one that was there when he was sick. >> she feels she's been pushed aside in all of this, and she's telling her story tonight. our exclusive conversation just ahead. >>> another arrest in the murder case of former nfl star aaron hernandez. details about his checkered past and the southwest bracing for extreme heat this weekend, heat that can be deadly, where and flooding elsewhere. we'll tell you what you need to know to stay safe. >>> let's begin with the zimmerman trial and once again a prosecution witness that could be as useful to the defense, a neighbor at the apartment complex where george zimmerman and martin struggled and martin died. a prosecution witness that might persuade the jury that martin was the aggressor. that's one key witness but not the only key witness taking the stand today. here is martin savidge with highlights. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >>
the "tussle" between george zimmerman and trayvon martin. john good saw martin on top of zimmerman. watch this. >> at that point, could you tell there was one individual there at least or two people? >> i could tell there were two when they were still vertical. >> all right. and you could -- could you tell at that time in terms of describing who was on top and who was on the bottom? >> i could only see colors of clothing. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> how about the color of clothing at the bottom. >> i believe it was a light white or red color. >> and are you going from memory, since it was only a matter of seconds, right? >> i don't understand your question. >> my question is, you are not making notes as you are doing this, taking photographs or anything as you are doing this, right? >> no. >> so you -- positions changed. how not faulting him for doing it, however, he clearly scared this kid, the kid ran to get away. doesn't stop. i don't believe he goes back to the car at all. >> you just made an assumption. jump in. >> she made an assumption, and al
happened. she just wanted to know what happened that night. and i had told her that trayvon was being followed that night. >> were you trying to make it easy for her to understand? >> yeah, and then she opened the letter. >> were you uing the words that trayvon martin spoke? >> what? >> when you told her what happened, did you use the words that trayvon martin spoke? >> being followed? >> no, about the -- >> no. >> you cleaned it up, in other words? >> yeah. he was just being followed. >> you just said a man was following him. >> yes. i didn't go -- she had asked -- i didn't tell any detail. i just told her that testifies being followed. >> uh-huh. and did you -- did you basically explain the short form. >> yeah. >> the short version that you had cleaned up the language and you had beak said he was being followed? >> that's it. >> and then did you -- >> that is it. he was just being followed. >> and did you tell her that you thought it was just a fight? >> yes. >> did you tell her that trayvon martin had said -- >> no, i didn't tell her that. >> but you told her that -- >> i told her
to the hospital and did not go to trayvon hospital's funeral or his wake. she said she did that because she did not want to see her friend lying in the casket. again, another piece of testimony yesterday that we all found quite interesting was the portion where she said in terms of talking about the final phone call, she said, quote, i kind of heard trayvon say, get off, get off. that was the first time we heard that in court yesterday. again, that's the i havery late. we expect rachel jeantel, we expect her testimony any minute. >> i want to start with you, lisa, which is craig talked about miss jeantel. what do we make of her approach on the witness stand and what impact, if any, that will have on the case? >> you know what's fascinating about trials is different people see different things. this is obviously a young woman that can be perceived a number of different ways. my assessment overall is her testimony is fair. she stuck to her core story. that is trayvon martin told her on the phone he was being followed. he told her that several times. at the end, the phone dropped, the headset drop
. here is martin savidge with highlights. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw, the person you know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was raining blows on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et, martin a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> okay. how about the color of clothing on the bottom. >> i believe it was white or red color. >> reporter: that's not all good says she saw. he witnessed physical blows being thrown and mix the marshall arts. >> what you saw was the person on top in an mma style straddle position, correct? >> correct. >> that was further described, was it not, as being ground and pound? >> correct. >> reporter: good also testified about one more key question, that voice screaming for help in the darkness he believes be
emotion at testimony about trayvon martin's final moments and a legal battle over the 911 tapes. from six months before the 911 tapes that were recorded before the shooting, recordings the state believes will speak to george zimmerman's state of mind to his unjustified suspicion, they say, of trayvon martin. first, the latest on everything that happened today from martin savidge who joins us now. what new evidence did we hear today in the courtroom? >> reporter: it was photographs, anderson. i've seen all the photographs in this case, but i had not seen these before. these were photographs of the body of trayvon martin laying on the ground. i don't care who you are, they have a strong impact to see a young person you know lying lifeless on the ground. so clearly it would impact the jurors and it impacted everyone else. we saw the gun that george zimmerman used, that's the cal tech 9. and then we saw the sweatshirt, very powerful. that's not a piece of evidence to the family, it's an icon. it represents the racial profiling they believe george zimmerman is guilty of. >> the sergeants gave
and killed the unarmed teenager trayvon martin admissible during the court trial. george howell is outside the courthouse in sanford, florida. prosecutors want the tapes played. the defense says no. what's the argument here? >> reporter: defense attorneys don't want those tapes to be admitted into this case. here is why. they believe if tprosecutors ge the tapes in front of jurors they will show there's a pattern and suggest there's a growing frustration within george zimmerman and when he met trayvon martin that's the person that wouldn't get away. they are worried if they admit these other calls it would confuse the jury in this case. i want you to listen to one of these audio tapes. >> i was just calling because we've had a lot of break ins and i'm on the neighborhood watch. there's two suspicious characters at the gate of my neighborhood. i've never seen them before. i have no idea what they are doing. they are just hanging out, loitering. >> could you describe the two individuals? >> two african-american males. >> when you listen to all of these 911 calls, zimmerman's tone is always p
's murder trial saw pictures of trayvon martin's body for the first time. trayvon martin's mother had to turn away when the pictures were shown. you might want to do that, too, when we show the pictures later in the show. >> breaking news from the supreme court, the decision part of the voting rights act. >> the supreme court strikes down the key enforcement mechanism. >> the court struck down the map. >> gutting the landmark voting rights act. >> becomes a game. >> how do we write the modern map? >> it means it punts back to congress. >> the president is going to have to own this. >> how likely do you think congress will do something like that? >> i don't think they're mature enough. >> it took us almost 100 years to get where we are today. >> renewed four times, most recently in 2006. >> every time it comes up for reauthorization we got support. >> you have, in many ways, revoked a lot of what was gain understand the civil rights movement. >> will it take another 100 years to fix it. >> >> last time, strom thurmond voted on it. >> because of the election of the first black president
. their own witness says the teenager, trayvon martin, was on top in the scuffle that unfolded before the neighborhood watchman shot him dead. the father of the fugitive surveillance leaker ed snowden says he is confident his son could soon return to the united states but there's a huge catch. >> president obama spoke about possibly visiting the civil rights icon nelson mandela, who remains in critical condition in a south african hospital. we'll explain why activists are demanding obama get out of south africa. all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >> first from fox at 3:00, another key witness for the prosecution in the george zimmerman murder trial, painting a vivid picture of the violence suffered just moments before the shooting that killed trayvon martin, and he said that one person was on top of the other, and that he could see the colors of their clothing. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> how about the color of clothing at the bottom? >> i believe it was a light white or red color. >> so that means the teenager,
person to speak to trayvon martin took the stand. she was on the phone with him just moments before his death, and described what she heard in dramatic details. including what she said were trayvon martin's words. get off. get off. those were his final words. there was other important news in the trial today. an earlier witness also testified that she'd seen the confrontation the night of the shooting and she said it was trayvon martin screaming out for help. today the jury also heard calls mr. zimmerman made to police in the months before the night of the shooting. calls that the judge ruled were admissible in the trial. but it was the testimony of trayvon martin's friend that riveted spectators in the courtroom. rachel jeantel was on the stand all afternoon. she testified for the prosecution about a half an hour. at one point nearly breaking down in tears. she also faced a tough cross examination from the zimmerman defense team. that lasted about an hour and a half and will continue tomorrow. here's a key part of her testimony when she describes that final call with trayvon martin. >>
asked you about that trayvon martin was running away from the person? >> yes, sir. >> and you also made reference that trayvon martin said the man -- described him as a creepy white -- >> object. object. that is at this point beyond the scope of the cross examination and not responsive to one of the issues raised during the cross and it's also leading. >> overruled to the first two objections. as to the leading, i will give a little leeway to get a frame of reference and then make sure your questions aren't leading. >> yes, your honor. my question is, do you recall mr. west asking you that trayvon martin referred to the man that was following him as a creepy white crapper? >> yes. >> objection. >> i didn't say that. that's a mischaracterization of the testimony. >> sustained because i think the words were creepy ass cracker. >> were the words -- pardon me language, were the words creepy ass cracker? >> yes, sir. >> do you recall mr. west asking you about that. >> yes, sir. >> and also -- and to you is that a derogatory -- is that the way people speak in your culture, your age group? >>
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